Ohio Town Charges Addicts With Misdemeanor For Naloxone Revival

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A vial of Naloxone, which can be used to block the potentially fatal effects of an opioid overdose. (Ted S. Warren/AP Photo)
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A small city in Ohio is taking an unusual step to try to combat the opioid epidemic. Addicts who are revived by emergency responders using the overdose-reversing drug Naloxone are being charged with a misdemeanor in Washington Court House, Ohio.

City attorney Mark Pitstick told Here & Now‘s Robin Young that in Ohio, addicts who overdose have the right to refuse medical treatment — and stay on the streets.

Pitstick says that charging a person with a misdemeanor can help the situation. “We can put them in jail for a period of time, usually 3 to 5 days, we’ll bring them down off their high on heroin, and at that point in time we can talk to them about treatment,” he says.

 

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